SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2018 SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poets and reward writers of good speculative poems. An eligibility survey was taken following the 2015 contest.

The 2018 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest opened for entries on June 1, 2018. Deadline August 31, 2018. Questions about the contest can be sent to 18contest@sfpoetry.com.

Contest Rules: The 2018 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind. Winners will be announced and posted on the site as soon as available–we are hoping by November 1. Apologies for the delay.

Judge: Laurel Winter
John W. Sexton photoLaurel Winter has won some awards (a couple of Rhyslings and Asimov's Reader's Poll Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a McKnight artist fellowship). Growing Wings was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award. She's in the midst of a creative flare-up in Oregon and her work will soon be available from Crossroad Press. She has graciously agreed to judge the 2018 contest on short notice, as John W. Sexton was unable to complete his duties due to unforeseen circumstances.

Contest Chair: Holly Lyn Walrath
Holly Lyn WalrathHolly Lyn Walrath is a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, Eye to the Telescope, and elsewhere. She is a freelance editor and volunteer with Writespace literary center in Houston, Texas. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath or at hlwalrath.com.

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form: http://bit.ly/2018SFPA
  • Deadline is August 31
  • Entries will be read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on the file or filename; enter your name only in the form. The name of the file should be the name of the poem. .rtf preferred. Either submit poems individually via form or send all in one file, separated by ***, with "SFPA Contest" in the subject line to 18contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer directly via PayPal at sfpatreasurer@gmail.com.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Enter as many poems as you like, but an entry fee $2 per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry (credit card can be used without a PayPal account). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • No PayPal or problems with form? Send poems via e-mail to 18contest@sfpoetry.com, “SFPA contest” in subject line, .rtf preferred, and send a check payable to SFPA to SFPA Secretary, PO Box 2074, San Mateo CA 94401

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Previous SFPA Contests

2017 winning poems

2016 winning poems

2015 winning poems

2014 winning poems

2013 winning poems

2012 winning poems

2010 New Poets Contest: Ekphrasis


2008 Poetry Contest: Energy

2007 Poetry Contest: Sonnets

2006 Poetry Contest

SFPA has published anthologies of selected contest poems.

2008 SFPA Energy contest anthology 2007 SFPA sonnet contest anthology

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